Hummingbird Moth

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When I was a kid, my Mom always had many flower beds around the yard filled with with every kind of annual flowers you can think of. I was always poking around the various flowers watching the bees, butterflies and other insects working the flower blossoms, which is probably why I turned out to have such an interest in bugs. I would often see hummingbird moths like this one and have always been fascinated by them.

Explore #496 on August 09, 2008 ~ Thank you!

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  1. Uncle Phooey 81 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the comments everyone! Much appreciated!

    The little tail parts that WT placed a note on is it's rudder-like tail "feathers". It is scoop shaped and fuzzy and I would reckon that it uses it the same as a bird uses it's tail feathers, only this is more like fuzz. There were 2 types of these on this wildflower, one like this one and another one that had a green tail, wasn't quite so big and had more clear wings without the reddish brown color. I don't know whether they were two separate species or males and females. I will try to take more photos of them if I can. There were 8-10 of them on the one weed at the same time. Hope you are all having a great weekend!

  2. calvin89 81 months ago | reply

    Please add this great photo to Nature’s Finest
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  3. davidbatchelor13 [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

    tremendous shot vibrant colour and superbly taken

  4. Kay N 81 months ago | reply

    I love the coloring on this one! The ones here are just yellow and black, with the clear wings. I have some shots in my stream of the ones here. Yours is much prettier.

    Super capture; these guys are extremely fast!

  5. Micky** 81 months ago | reply

    Wow....excellent macro.
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  6. cupcakes2, 81 months ago | reply

    Wonderful I have never seen one this is a unique and very pretty moth !!

  7. Jerry Jaynes 81 months ago | reply

    Wow, Jerry, what a great find and did you ever do a great job capturing it. I cannot believe the detail that you have in the eye of this litlle fellow. Excellent detail and color in this one. Love it!

  8. Greg Miles 81 months ago | reply

    Wonderful photograph.

  9. mgunter 81 months ago | reply

    Amazing Jerry, I have NEVER seen on yet, but they are becoming more populated in central Oklahoma, as I hear people say they have some. I want to see one!! Thanks for sharing.

  10. suvarna_mollerup 81 months ago | reply

    You have done an amazing job of capturing this most unusual and beautiful creature!

    Please consider adding this to the
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  11. mags_Tag 80 months ago | reply

    yes, this these moths are so amazing. I love this shot because you so rarely see them sitting still!

  12. Kiss My Bliss 80 months ago | reply

    nature is the cooest!

  13. mongaral 80 months ago | reply

    I love these moths too. They are difficult to take pictures of, always on the move. Well done!

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  14. ~ Rituparno ~ 80 months ago | reply

    very very nicelt taken! wish u good luck!

  15. Meth Swanson 79 months ago | reply

    ...outstanding..i thoroughly enjoy your bug-shots, Jerry, i think i'll have to get a macro lens...

  16. Tony_Bassi 75 months ago | reply


    Please add this beautiful photo to CITRIT,Best of yours!
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  17. Stanley Zimny (Thank You for 12 Million views) 68 months ago | reply

    The wings were always to fast for my camera, great composition.

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